Brookside Plaza is back open.


The package found in the front breezeway of the post office in Roanoke County did not contain anything dangerous, according to Virginia State Police.

Dogs are checking the area before allowing anyone back in the shopping center.

We're told the hope is to have the shopping center back open within an hour.


Brookside Plaza in Roanoke County has been evacuated for the second time in less than a week because of a suspicious package.

A black duffel bag was found Tuesday inside of the post office. Roanoke County Police have evacuated the entire shopping plaza. The BB&T Bank just down from the plaza is also being evacuated.

According to Roanoke County Public Information Officer Amy Whittaker, the package was found outside the front of the post office around 3:45 p.m.

The call came in to dispatch about 3:47 p.m.

Roanoke County set up a command post right away and notified Virginia State Police.

A bomb technician will inspect the package.

In the meantime, Williamson Road is closed from Manor Drive to Dent Drive.

Though all businesses in the plaza have been evacuated, no one in nearby homes has been evacuated at this time.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

When the bomb technician arrives and carries out the investigation, further instructions will be provided.

No other details are available at this time.

A suspicious bag was also found Saturday in the plaza. The bag was detonated, and it was later determined that nothing suspicious was in it.

Check back soon for more updates.